Right to Know
Studies show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs). Ever since GMOs entered the market 20 years ago, we’ve been kept in the dark about whether foods we feed our families contain GMOs. While our reasons for wanting to know what’s in our food may vary, what unifies us is the belief that it’s our right. Without labeling of GMOs, we cannot make informed choices about our food. The Just Label It campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GMO foods.
Unlike most other developed countries – including 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China – the U.S. has no national law requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Yet polls have repeatedly shown that the vast majority of Americans. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”
Vermont, Connecticut and Maine have already passed labeling laws and, in the past two years, more than 70 labeling bills or ballot initiatives were introduced across 30 states. In response to these state efforts, legislation backed by big food and biotechnology corporations- dubbed the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act- has been introduced and seeks to halt labeling efforts. The DARK Act would preempt all state labeling laws, make voluntary labeling the “solution” to consumer confusion, and create more barriers to mandating labeling.